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S.279: Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2013

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about public lands and natural resources
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Sponsor Jon Tester, D-Mont.
Total Cosponsors 9 (7 Democrats, 2 Republicans)
Introduced Feb. 11, 2013
Latest Major Action July 29, 2014
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Bill Summary

Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2013 - Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to require amounts received through FY2020 (currently, through FY2010) from leases under the Geothermal Steam Act of 1970 to be available to the Secretary of the Interior for implementing the Energy Policy Act of 2005, as well as the Geothermal Steam Act of 1970.

Requires the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) to: (1) prepare and publish a notice of intent to prepare a programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) to analyze the potential impacts of a program to develop solar and wind energy on National Forest System land and any necessary amendments to land use plans for such land, and (2) amend such plans to provide for the development of renewable energy on completion of the programmatic EIS.

Requires the Secretary of Defense (DOD), for states that have not completed such an analysis, to submit a repo...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
July 29, 2014 Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Hearings held. Hearings printed: S.Hrg. 113-491.
Feb. 11, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.